I overheard someone say "up something!" wherein something is a variable for... whatever.

Is this an English language idiom?

If so, in what dialect of English?

What are some examples of it's usage?

  • 'Up the Arsenal!' may still be heard, but it sounds dated and doesn't really work with most sports clubs (lacking the 'the'). 'Up the women!' and 'Up the workers!' were once quite common, but sound rather comedic (and possibly comical) nowadays. There were comedies utilising these expressions as titles. It's not usually heard nowadays except in lubricated registers. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 2 '15 at 10:53
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    As @Edwin implies, what the something was is actually quite important. For example, there is also "Up yours!" which means soemthing quite different from "Up the workers". – Andrew Leach Jun 2 '15 at 11:00
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    In the US, "up some noun" is generally taken as a variation of "up your ass", which is essentially a variation on "fuck you". – Hot Licks Jun 2 '15 at 11:54
  • Up can mean to increase or raise. – a better oliver Jun 2 '15 at 12:05

It's heard in Ireland for supporting county teams, as in:

Up Mayo

Source @Nora_McNeely

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    Would the downvoter care to explain? This answers all 3 of OP's questions. Yes it's an English language idiom, yes it's heard in Ireland, and here's an example of its usage - alive and well! And it quotes the source in case anyone wants to read further. So up yours. – Mynamite Jun 2 '15 at 12:08
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    Up voted. There's a similar usage recorded in (IIRC) Nigel Rees' "Graffiti Rules OK", where a graffitist had drawn up various categories (Sport, Politics, etc) and then written "Up the reds!" under each. – user11752 Jun 2 '15 at 12:52
  • Delightful medium. But the dye runs. (We saw multicoloured sheep on our recent trip round Ireland. I'd always wondered how they made those multicoloured cardies.) – Edwin Ashworth Jun 2 '15 at 15:50

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